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The Present Subjunctive in the Passive Voice

In this chapter we will study the passive voice. The passive voice is used when the action is more important than the person/the object/the situation that does the action or when the subject is unknown. Only transitive verbs i.e. verbs requiring a direct object are used in the passive voice. In the passive voice, the subject is often omitted or dropped. When rewriting active sentences into the passive form, there are important points to consider. These are the following:

  • The direct object of the active sentence becomes the subject of the passive sentence. It is therefore placed in the beginning of the sentence.
  • The form of the verb changes to the following form (the auxiliary “être” be conjugated to the tense of the verb in the active voice + past participle of the verb used in the active voice).
  • The subject of the active sentence becomes the agent of the verb.
  • When the subject(agent) is known, we precede it with “par” by.
  • The verb in the passive voice agrees with the direct object which is placed in the beginning of the sentence.

In this lesson, we will study the passive voice of the present subjunctive. Let’s start with a simple example.

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